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The Department of English & Comparative Literature is saddened beyond words to give this news. We lost an incredible friend, colleague, mentor, professor and literary giant. Our collective hearts are aching with grief at the loss of Professor Randall Kenan. We will join together on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate Professor Kenan’s life, work, and the lasting impact he has left in our hearts and minds.

Please click here to register for the zoom event.

You can read more about Professor Kenan’s remarkable work at a newly created webpage dedicated to honoring his memory.

If you would like to share memories of Professor Kenan or examples of how his work impacted you, please email

Additionally, the department has established the Randall Kenan Memorial Fund in honor of Professor Randall Kenan’s extraordinary legacy as an author and his passion for bringing fellow writers to Carolina. The fund will carry his name forward as it enhances the mission of the Writer-in-Residence program, continuing visits of distinguished writers to our campus for years to come.

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